US: Garden supply prices up about 15%, cost of fertilizer triples

Lawn care experts say that a lot of people have picked up home gardening as a hobby, especially during and after the COVID pandemic, but the costs of things like flowers and seeds are high. 

"Flowers have increased from the prices of the nursery," said Justin Kolvenbach, Villani Landshapers in Menomonee Falls. Spring is looking expensive. "I mean, look at the grocery prices," said Kolvenbach. Prices are up for landscaping supplies.

"Whether it's the fertilizer that we use, it could be the shrub that we get from a nursery, prices have gone up, just like everywhere," said Kolvenbach.

Kolvenbach said fertilizer nearly tripled in price, and labor costs increased. He said the war in Ukraine is partially to blame since Russia and Ukraine are the main suppliers of fertilizers.   

"It's supply and demand and then to deliver it," said Kolvenbach.



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